Author Archives: RTA



08.14.2018

Kidnapped in Mexico City!

25 years ago Ken was kidnapped in Mexico City on a business trip. Only by the grace of God, he escaped and survived. Needless to say, this insane experience changed his perspective about everything in life. As he reflected and knowing anything is possible, he set a goal to finish the IRONMAN Triathlon.

Training for an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon is a huge goal. However, with proper guidance from an experienced triathlon coach, anything is possible.

Initially, Ken’s plan was to follow a pre written triathlon training program in preparation for IRONMAN Lake Placid. However, he decided to call an audible and hire RTA Triathlon to coach him instead. According to Ken, this decision was a game changer and made all the difference.

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08.09.2018

The Next Big Challenge – IRONMAN Lake Placid

Meet Jeremy – he’s a husband, father and an all around nice guy. Jeremy has a super busy life and a demanding job. He’s also a goal oriented-overachiever. Add in triathlon training and there’s a lot to manage. Sound familiar?

Jeremy came to RTA after being referred by one of his good friends and current RTA coached athlete. He was looking to conquer his next big challenge and after doing his first IRONMAN 70.3 in 2016, he decided hiring an experienced triathlon coach was a wise decision.

The idea was to efficiently use his time available to train to maximize his results, given his very busy life.

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07.28.2018

Meet Catherine – one of the kindest and most caring people you will ever come across.

In 2000 she had back surgery and was restricted with activities. However, as she recovered she stopped smoking and slowly started exercising. Then, 9/11 happened and she was in the mix of the chaos in NYC.

Following the events of 9/11 she promised herself she would always try to be fit in case she ever needed to physically help herself or another person.

In 2015 Catherine hired RTA to coach her for her first IRONMAN. She busted her butt and was ultimately successful.

After a few years off, she decided to she wanted to return to Lake Placid in 2018 for IRONMAN. She wanted to test her limits again. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to help guide her and over see her triathlon training program once again.

Below is a short Q & A with Catherine regarding her IRONMAN journey.

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06.28.2018
We’ve Landed On The Moon!

We are absolutely THRILLED and HONORED to have been selected as a recipient of the Women for Tri triathlon club grant for the 4th time! We are looking forward to continue growing the female population in the sport we love.

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06.18.2018

Wyckoff Triathlon – 2018

The Wyckoff-Franklin Lakes Triathlon is a long time running annual “fan favorite” among triathletes in northern, New Jersey. The race is often fondly referred to as “The North Jersey World Championships.” Each year it falls on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend.

Team RTA triathlon club makes the Wyckoff Tri a Team Race each year. The local Wyckoff YMCA puts on the event. It’s a grass roots, no frills style race that’s close to home. While it’s the perfect challenge for beginners, it also tends to bring out some tough competition.

 

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06.05.2018

Rev3 Quassy Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club continued their 2018 season with a Team Race at Rev3 Quassy in Connecticut, which is a short drive from Bergen County, NJ. 

2018 marked the 10th running of the Rev3 Quassy Triathlon located in Middlebury, CT. Rev3 Quassy attracts nearly 2,000 triathletes annually from all over the country. The event offers an olympic and half distance race along with an aquabike and relay.

Rev3, the race organization, does an incredible job of putting on a world class event with the athletes as the #1 priority. It’s no wonder the race has been going on for 10 years.

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05.21.2018

JerseyMan Triathlon – 2018

Each year, Team RTA triathlon club looks forward to the JerseyMan Triathlon.

If you’re looking for an outstanding local triathlon, look no further then the JerseyMan tri. This early season race, which is held every May, offers a sprint and (extended) olympic distance race along with a duathlon and aqua bike race. It’s located in Lebanon, NJ at the Round Valley Reservoir. 

It’s a challenging, but manageable race for athletes of all abilities. The venue is great for spectators as everything is set up for prime spectating – swim, bike, run, transitions and finish line.

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05.02.2018

St. Anthony’s Triathlon – 2018

Team RTA triathlon club kicked off their 2018 season with a Team Race in Florida and it did NOT disappoint.

2018 marked the 35th running of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon located in St. Petersburg, FL. This is an iconic race and there are reasons (many of them) why this race has been around forever.

The race is professionally organized and very well run. It has that “big deal” feel, but with all the perks and fun of a grass roots race. The race also attracts some great competition.

For the second year in a row, Team RTA kicked off the triathlon season with a Team Race in Florida. We offered bike transport to make travel logistics a breeze. Additionally, everyone agreed the sprint and olympic distance options were perfect for early season AND allowed us all to relax a little bit more pre race. St. A’s is just enough to test your fitness, brush the dust off and catapult you into the season ahead.

 

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01.11.2018

Women in Triathlon

Proportionally speaking, the number of women in triathlon is low. This is disappointing, because given the right tools, women regularly excel in the sport. With a little inspiration, a good dose of determination and proper guidance, sky’s the limit when it comes to women in triathlon.

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06.12.2017

NEW Team RTA Exclusive Benefit

 

Team RTA is a valued member of the IRONMAN community. As such, we are super excited to announce the new benefits for all current Team RTA club members:

  • Early Entry for all IRONMAN & IRONMAN 70.3 events
  • Priority Tiered Pricing
  • Deferral Program
  • Payment Plan Option

 

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05.09.2017
What Gets Measured, Gets Improved

In recent weeks, several RTA athletes performed their regular triathlon training tests for each discipline. These tests are a critical part of triathlon training. They help measure progress (or lack there of) and allow us to reset training parameters for workouts.  Ultimately the results closest to race day help us establish a realistic race execution plan with pacing strategies & time goals.

Why Test?

At RTA Triathlon, our professional triathlon coaches understand the importance of regular testing in all three disciplines. Every 5-8 weeks we schedule our athletes to perform basic tests in each discipline. These tests act as a measuring stick and are used as a bench mark to elicit continual improvement and eventually to help set realistic targets for race day. 

Not only do test results act as a form of extra motivation and encouragement for our athletes, but as coaches we use this data to prescribe specific workouts for the weeks to come. Each athlete has specific needs and react differently to different workouts.

Needless to say, it’s impossible for test results to ALWAYS come back favorable. However, when an athlete gets less then optimal results, it provides an additional opportunity for our coaches and athletes to roundtable and re-look at what they have and/or have not been doing. In most cases, we are able to make small changes to get their future test results on track and ultimately have them fully prepared on race day.

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05.09.2017

TEAM RACE: St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Guest Post by RTA Club member, Larry C

 

Last week RTA had their first Team Race of the year in St. Petersburg, FL. About 12 club members made the trip to Florida to race the iconic St. Anthony’s Triathlon and kick off the 2017 season.

Because I always enjoy reading race reports from others, I decided to write my own.

This report is a summary from my own eyes. 

I tried to keep it short.

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02.27.2017
KYAH Triathlon Training Camps: Lake Placid, NY

 

We just opened registration for our popular training camps in beautiful Lake Placid, NY. Secure your spot today and take advantage of our BEST PRICING available for our Memorial Day camp UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH.

RTA has hosted 14 training camps in Lake Placid over the years. We have become experts of the course and greater Lake Placid area. 

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02.27.2017

This year RTA Triathlon will be presenting 4 information packed lectures to help you become a better triathlete. The lectures will take place at various area locations and each are open to the public.

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07.23.2016

To The Soon To Be, IRONMAN

A letter to the triathlete about to step up to the IRONMAN starting line.

To the Soon To Be,

Months ago, you made a decision; you signed a piece of paper, and decided to commit yourself, to what I believe is the most grueling endurance race on the planet. You made the decision to challenge your body, and your mind, and see just what you are capable of. But that was then, and this is now.

There has been 1000’s of miles logged since that fateful day. Early mornings in the pool, late nights on the bike trainer, and runs during the hottest part of the day, and those are just the basic elements. There were the lifts, the yoga sessions, the doctors appointments, but even more important, there were the birthday parties, the weddings, the days and hours of work, and the events that could not be missed. It’s been a journey, and not an easy one.

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